Practical, scientifically-validated and cost effective care.
Michael Ruscio, DNM, DC and his team of doctors are accepting new patients, both locally and at a distance. Patients can be seen in person or via our HIPAA compliant Telehealth platform.
The Clinical Team
We are ready to become part of your dedicated and compassionate team of specialists in integrative medicine. The Ruscio Institute for Functional Medicine can be your go-to resource for solving your gut and hormone health challenges.
Dr. Ruscio is your leading functional and integrative doctor specializing in gut related disorders such as SIBO, leaky gut, Celiac, IBS and in thyroid disorders such as hypothyroid and hyperthyroid. He is a clinical researcher and best-selling author whose practical ideas on healing chronic illness have made him an influential voice in functional and alternative medicine. His work has been published in peer-reviewed medical journals and he speaks at integrative medical conferences across the globe. Dr. Ruscio also runs an influential website and podcast at DrRuscio.com, as well as serving distance patients via Zoom.
Dr. Abbott is the medical director for Resilient Roots: Functional and Evolutionary Medicine in Charlottesville, Virginia. He completed his family medicine internship with VCU-Shenandoah Valley and is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He has completed training with the Institute for Functional Medicine, is a Kresser Institute ADAPT Level 1 clinician, and an AIP Certified Coach. He is currently the medical advisor at Autoimmune Wellness conducting collaborative research with founders Angie Alt and Mickey Trescott. He approaches medicine from an evolutionary and functional perspective and practices what he calls “spiritually focused and evolutionarily informed functional medicine.”
Dr. Mather is a board-certified Family Practice physician who practices Functional Medicine in New Orleans, LA. He graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine and Tulane University School of Public Health in 2011 and completed his residency in 2014. In his medical practice he focuses on delivering cost-effective and practical medical care with a focus on GI health. He spends a lot of time working with patients suffering from complex diseases and helping patients to optimize their longevity. When he is not working with patients you will find him chasing his three small children, exercising or meditating.
Dr. Omar Akhter is a board certified internal medicine physician who has received his functional medicine training through the IFM. He completed medical school at Aga Khan University in Pakistan after which he did his residency training at New York Presbyterian-Queens hospital. His core areas of focus are thyroid disease, autoimmunity, and gut health. He is passionate about bringing high quality personalized and cost effective care to his community.
Dr. Hamlin is is a general practitioner who specializes in Functional Medicine. She received a Bachelors Degree in Nutritional Sciences from Texas A&M University prior to attending medical school at William Carey College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed an internship at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center and has completed training through the Institute of Functional Medicine. She believes that mindset is an integral part of the healing process and is passionate about optimizing health in the presence of autoimmune disease.
Morgan is a Nutritionist and Health Coach specializing in functional medicine and therapeutic diets. She focuses on practical change when implementing integrative nutritional strategies and aims to bring mindfulness and compassion to each visit. She brings patient’s health goals to fruition with coaching and through her personalized grocery delivery service, HealthyCart.
Eliza is a Registered Nurse and Health Coach whose passion has always been in functional medicine and nutritional health. She is well versed in gut biome, paleo diets, SIBO, genetic variants, and chronic illness.
Jasmine is the Office Manager at the clinic. She oversees administrative functions and patient support. She strives to provide excellent customer service and an unbeatable patient experience. Jasmine has an extensive background in customer service and management. She is CPO certified and has been working in patient care for the last five years. She is an advocate for healthy living and loves seeing people regain their health through their customized programs. In her free time, you will find her hiking with her two dogs and traveling with her family.
Hannah is the Patient Care Coordinator at the clinic. She strives to provide excellent customer service and an unbeatable patient experience. She is an advocate for healthy living and loves seeing people regain their health through their customized programs.
The Research Team
At our center we feel there is a strong need to reform and improve practice in the field. Which is why we are continually performing clinical research at our clinic.
Michael Ruscio, DNM, DC, CEO, CMO
Robert Abbott, MD, Director of Research
Joe Mather, MD, MPH&TM, Medical Director
Darla is a registered dietitian and holds a Ph.D. in food and nutrition. She has been a faculty member at Stephen F. Austin State University since 2003 and is currently serving as the Dietetic Internship Director and Coordinator for the Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics program. She has a passion for integrative and functional medicine and her research interests are in gastrointestinal nutrition, dietary supplements, and fermented foods. She trained in functional medicine from the Kalish Institute to learn a more holistic approach to healing. Outside of work, she loves to cook, read, walk, swim, and spend time with her family, including the four-legged variety.
Dr. Noora is a human geneticist and Precision Nutrition Level 2 nutrition coach with expertise in nutrition, autoimmune, gastrointestinal, and hormonal diseases. In 2008, Dr. Alakulppi graduated with her doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Helsinki Department of Biosciences. In post-graduate time, she researched celiac disease diagnostics, stem cells, and gastrointestinal microbiome. She is currently completing her Functional Medicine Nutrition Coach education in Finland. Her research interests include quantitative self/biohacking, supplements, herbs, spices, and the big four: stress, sleep, movement, and social connections. In her spare time, Dr. Alakulppi enjoys piano playing and singing.
Hannah is a medical student and osteopathic manipulative medicine fellow at Rocky Vista University in Denver, Colorado. With goals of becoming a combined family medicine and psychiatry physician, her research thus far has focused on recovery of chronic and debilitating psychiatric illnesses using lifestyle intervention strategies. While not in clinical rotations, she is teaching at RVUCOM and treating patients in the OMM outreach clinic, practicing with an approach that emphasizes the body’s innate self-healing capabilities. Outside of work, you can find her crocheting, camping, painting, or hiking with her Australian shepherd named Aloe.
Gavin is the medical director of Roots Integrated Care, an evidence-based functional medicine clinic in Washington state. He graduated from the University of Colorado Physician Assistant program before starting his own clinic. He is a certified sports nutritionist and has extensive functional medicine training including Institute of Functional Medicine, ADAPT trained practitioner, and mentorship with some leading doctors in the field. He spends a good deal of his time evaluating popular theories in the functional medicine field with a humble, yet curious mind.
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